September 1, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 35
Your Weekly Commission Update
Community colleges play an important role in educating and training current and future generations of workers,
in addition to providing affordable and responsive higher education to thousands of Pennsylvanians every year.
Rep. Schweyer Drafts Memo to Support Community Colleges
“My father didn’t graduate from high school, but served our nation in Vietnam. So when people talk about the life-changing power of higher education, I understand the opportunities that a postsecondary education brings – and the challenges that accompany being the first person in your family to go to college,” said Rep. Peter Schweyer when asked what inspired his recent Co-Sponsorship Memorandum.
Program Offers Free Training to Unemployed People and Veterans
A Luzerne County Community College program enables dislocated workers and unemployed veterans to return to college to train for a better career. Those who meet program criteria are eligible for up to 12 credits of free tuition for one semester. The program has served 642 individuals since its inception, providing a total of $542,375 in tuition offset.
Meet Michael: Community College Police Academy Graduate
At the age of 50, after completing 30 years of military service, Michael Ford accepted and completed a new challenge: HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, Police Academy Training. He said, “The entire staff and supporting instructors [at the Police Academy] are excellent and inspiring. Most of them are currently serving or have retired from law enforcement...”
Continuing Coverage
PA Community Colleges Respond to COVID-19 as Situation Evolves
Pennsylvania community colleges continue to evaluate their response to COVID-19. As guidance changes, the most up-to-date information from each community college is available through the Commission's website.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Bob Mensch, Sen. Lindsey Williams, Rep. Rob Kauffman, Rep. Justin Simmons, Rep. Ryan Warner, Rep. Jeff Pyle, Rep. Morgan Cephas, and Rep. David Maloney, Sr

Congratulations to the more than 900 Berks high school students who earned highly transferable college credits last year by attending dual enrollment programs at Reading Area Community College.